Volunteers ready for Niles Food Forest

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Work is already underway in Niles for the first Free Food Forest Division of the Youngstown Inner City Garden. Volunteers were busy Saturday getting the land behind 1625 Hiram Street ready for planting.

“We’re linking our Youngstown Inner City Garden with Niles First Food Forest and Community Garden. We are mainly concentrating on getting it ready for a planting day in two weeks,” said Jeff Kapics, president of Youngstown Inner City Garden.

Volunteers pulled weeds and began tilling the land in preparation for 60 fruit trees and 40 berry bushes. The project aims at making fruits and vegetables available to the community from their own backyards and free of cost.

“I think every area could really use this. It makes fresh, organic food convenient and available to everyone around and everyone who can get here,” said Salam Farhan, Niles Food Forest.

Kapics said it is “soul satisfying” to see everyone come together on the project.

“To see the people actually getting the produce, getting the vegetables, everybody could use something like this I believe,” Kapics said.

Volunteers expect to have the trees and bushes planted and the raised flower beds installed before this winter.

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